If grafting is an art, the vines’ nursery is the final artwork. Hard work but always characterized by wonder and strong emotions.
Nature has its mysterious laws to which we can’t do anything but getting adapted to them. The vines’ nursery that we take care of since 1970 is the confirmation of this concept. The tale that goes from the graft and rootstock production to the production of the vine plant is marked by a very precise rhythm that doesn’t admit exceptions, unless Nature dictates it. Spring is the planting period for the vines in the nursery. This operation is usually carried out in April but in these circumstances, due to the long winter and the prolonging of low temperatures, we had to posticipate it to may.
The vines’ planting in the nursery is an operation that ends in the transplantation of the vine plants. It is a meticulously cured process that starts with the production of scions and rootstocks, that are cultivated here in our estate, strictly selected, certified and continuously submitted to a sanitary and agronomic observation. We like to remind proudly that the regional permission for the creation of our nursery has been one of the first given in Piedmont. The experience gained during these years and the satisfaction of our customers are the confirmation of the passion and dedication that we have never stopped feeding.
What is the process for the creation of a vine plant?
First of all, we start from the long shoots of the rootstocks, american vine’s cuttings that are cut in November-December. The scions are collected in the vineyard from the mother plants during the winter pruning in February and cut so that they have one bud each.
The most delicate operation is grafting the scions on the rootstocks. Usually this operation is carried out on a table with a specific grafting tool with an omega-shaped cut. Immediately after, the cuttings obtained are covered with red liquid grafting wax, very important to protect them from dehydration, to avoid the contamination by pathogenic agents, to delay the birth of the leaves, to preserve wood tissues from low temperatures in winter and to initiate the callus tissue, facilitating the development of the roots. After that, the cuttings are placed in specific wood cases in alternate layers with humid sawdust, in a room heated to 26-30°C.
Seeing the first shoots growing is always a moment of big wonder. They start sprouting after about 20 days, at the end of the forcing period. To facilitate their growth, the upper part of the sawdust is removed . Once extracted, the plants are waxed again, this time with a blue grafting wax. Finally, we dig a groove with a specific plow to plant our cuttings. This is the period of the year when you can see our fields blue-striped, with the long colored rows that stretch from the soil to the sky as fingers. A Kandinsky blue, the same blue that he loved to define “the depth, the purity, the calm” color. He was right.